My young family

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bratislava
    Year when photo was taken:
    1953
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1945-1989
    Country name today:
    Slovakia

This is a photograph of me with my wife Lujza and our little children. The photograph is from 1953, and was taken somewhere in Bratislava.

A few years after the war ended, one very lucky thing happened to me. I was at a partisan dance, as a former partisan, and there met my current wife. She, like her father, had been an anti-Fascist. My father-in-law was an upholsterer, and during the Holocaust he hid two Jewish families in the back in his warehouse, who'd also survived. My wife isn't Jewish. Simply put, I fell in love at that dance. My wife's maiden name was Lujza Nagyova. She's also from Bratislava, like me, and was born in 1928. She worked for her parents. Her father, as I've already mentioned, was an upholsterer. My wife's mother was a housewife. My mother took care of all the administrative work in the upholstery workshop. She didn't have any siblings; she was an only child. My wife graduated from business high school.

We've got two children. Our daughter Sona, and our son Petr. Sona is married. They've got two daughters, and her husband owns a company. They live in Bratislava. Our son Peter emigrated back during Communist times. He was working here in Slovakia as a phys ed teacher. He didn't agree with the regime, so emigrated to Austria. He became an Austrian citizen, and today lives in Vienna. He left for Austria alone, as his wife didn't want to go. But he used to send his wife and son here in Slovakia money. In the beginning he worked as a masseur. He then divorced his wife. His son lives in Bratislava. But we don't keep in touch that much. He'll come by when it's his name day, or his birthday. My children weren't raised in the Jewish spirit and traditions. Both our children graduated from university.

Interview details

Interviewee: Oto Wagner
Interviewer:
Zuzana Slobodnikova
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Oto Wagner
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Bratislava
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Lujza Wagnerova
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Bratislava
Country name at time of birth:
Czechoslovakia 1918-1938
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Previous family name: 
    Nagyova
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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